Wilmer fails to meet for 6th time since March
By 06/08/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
WILMER - Another water haul to Wilmer.
It´s been said before about Wilmer, what if there was a city council meeting and no one showed - not even the council members?
For the sixth time since March 2, the Wilmer City Council canceled a meeting Thursday night, June 1. One of those meetings had been a special called session.
Citizens normally gather outside the main entrance of the community center even when a meeting is canceled.
At the most recent scheduled meeting, there was only one citizen in the parking lot. The doors were locked. No notice was posted outside.
According to a source at city hall, the meeting was canceled due to lack of agenda items.
The cancellation came following an approval of an agenda item concerning citizens´ requests.
By a vote of 4-1, with council member Virginia Arroyo opposing, passed a motion citizens must be placed on the agenda if they have requests. According to Texas statutes regarding cities, agendas must be posted 72 hours prior to a regular scheduled meeting.
Wilmer Mayor Eugene Lowe said citizens would be limited to three minutes to voice their concerns.
Most cities follow such a format regarding citizens´ requests. Time limits vary.
Prior to the recent canceled meeting, sessions were aborted due to lack of quorum.
Departures of two council members, Gene and Pam Bolinger, last winter presented the city with two vacancies until the May 6 elections.
The husband and wife council members separated with both moving outside the city.
Attempts were made to fill the positions before the elections, but controversy between two opposing sides, consisting of council members and citizens, prevented the seats from being filled.
Jesse Petton and Tiny Lange were elected, filling the vacancies.
The council met in its first regular scheduled meeting following the election, which was May 18, with all council members present.
The next regular scheduled session is slated for Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the community center.